Convair Engineering Pty Ltd is an Australian owned company, founded in 1993.
The company was founded on innovation and a drive to continuously improve its’ products, a philosophy which continues to this day.
Convair’s experience spans decades of design, manufacture, and servicing of pneumatic bulk tankers in Australia and New Zealand.
We constantly monitor similar equipment in Europe and the United States of America to ensure that our equipment employs the best technology available.
Convair was established in a new factory in Epping, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.
Rod Brown of Central Victorian Transporters (CVT) took a leap of faith and ordered the first tanker. It was the first of its type, featuring brand new vessel and frame designs. It was nicknamed “Numero Uno” and continues to operate to this day. Boral Transport were early supporters of Convair, placing significant orders which cemented the success of the company.
Convair’s product offering quickly expanded to include a range of products designed specifically for use with dry bulk products including; compressors, valves, aeration equipment, pressure hatches etc. securing distributorships for companies such as Betico piston compressors, Sure Seal Inc., Solimar Pneumatics and Knappco Corporation. In 1996, Convair was appointed as the distributor for Gardner Denver Inc. of the USA for Truck Cycloblowers in Australia & New Zealand.
To position the company to meet the increasing demand for its products, in 1997 Convair expanded its operation. A new factory dedicated to tanker production was built next to the existing factory. The new building also housed the main company offices, making room for the growing team.
The I00th tanker was delivered to Giacci Bros. of Western Australia.
In 1998, Convair developed a new product for Sunstate Cement in QLD. The “Guppy”, as it was nicknamed was a mobile silo with a volume of 170 cubic metres boasting an onsite storage capacity of around 250t. It also featured an on-board dust collector and pneumatic operation and safety interlocks, which semi automated its operation. At the time, it was the most advanced and largest of its type that could be transported on an oversize vehicle permit.
More recently, the Guppy has been further developed to include an on-board weighing system and PLC touch screen operation, automating its operation. Holcim purchased a number of them for the Gorgon LNG Project on Barrow Island in WA. Boral also purchased nine Guppies for the Curtis Island, QLD and the Wheatstone, WA LNG Projects.
In 1999, the company introduced AKO air operated pinch valves from Germany for use as product discharge valves, as an alternative to conventional butterfly valves. Owing to their long life and low maintenance, they quickly became the valve of choice.
In 2000, Convair introduced the first purpose designed European made aluminium pneumatic dry bulk road tanker for Australian & New Zealand conditions. It is the product of Feldbinder, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of aluminium tankers and Convair. Feldbinder, or FFB commenced manufacture of aluminium tankers in 1975, today building around 1500 tankers per year using the latest techniques with their vast experience in aluminium fabrication. FFB tankers feature all aluminium construction, making them the lightest tankers currently available. There are now more than 250 FFB tankers in service in Australia and New Zealand. The latest FFB tankers are the product of development, they are a well proven product.
Recognizing a need in the market for a light weight, compact, oil free compressor, Convair introduced the Wittig Bulkline 1000 Screw Compressor to the market in 2002. More recently, the company introduced the CVS Siloking Screw Compressor, providing the market with a durable, efficient, high quality machine at a relatively low noise level.
In 2005, Convair delivered its’ 500th tanker to Boral Transport in New South Wales. This milestone was celebrated at Sydney Harbour. It was a great tribute to the company and one of it’s founding supporters.
Central Victorian Transporters purchased Convairs' 1000th tanker in 2011, one of the latest FFB aluminium 42m³ tankers.
A recent innovation from Convair is the Silotainer, which is an on-site storage silo designed around 40ft container castings. It is 12.2m long, 3.0m wide and 3.8m high and features a volume of 84 cubic metres. The vessel is fitted with multiple discharge cones with aerators. This enables it to handle a wide variety of materials from course to fine. The first unit, purchased by Holcim is in operation in New Zealand. A portable compressor & dust collector system has since been developed to provide an entirely portable pneumatic system for project work.
Our tankers continue to be manufactured here in Australia, in our dedicated production facility in the Melbourne suburb of Epping. We believe manufacturing here in Australia is important for our company and our customers. It enables the business to continuously improve, to develop and grow. It adds value to the services we provide and greatly assists us to support our customers.
Convair is a strong practitioner of lean manufacturing. Through the application of Six Sigma and Lean Practices our production facility provides a very efficient production platform that enables the company to continuously develop and introduce the latest technology to our customers, provides a clean, safe, innovative and stimulating environment for its employees.
The company recently developed a totally new line of pneumatic tankers. They introduce a new look to pneumatic tankers. Developed utilizing finite element analysis and surface modelling they are a significant leap in tanker development.
Convair today is part of the Engenco group of companies. Australian owned, the philosophy of the company remains the same.
- To provide our customers with equipment that surpasses their expectations, at an investment level that enables our customers to be more profitable than those that buy from our opposition.
- To treat suppliers as key partners in the achievement of our goals. To treat them fairly and pay our debts within agreed payment terms.
- To provide a safe and enjoyable working environment for our employees and assist them in gaining their full potential.